Traditional, Modern and Symbolic Anniversary Gifts
Below is a list of both traditional and modern gift materials, as well as classic flower and gemstone symbols, which mark a couple’s 20th wedding anniversary in countries around the world…
|Traditional Gift – UK||China|
|Traditional Gift – US||China|
|Traditional Gift – Spain||Porcelain|
|Traditional Gift – Germany||Porcelain|
|Traditional Gift – Russia||China|
|Traditional Gift – France||Porcelain|
|Traditional Gift – Italy||Crystal|
|Modern Gift||Platinum Jewellery|
About 20th Wedding Anniversaries
For many, this 20th wedding anniversary is most likely the first to be celebrated with your children, other family members and close friends. So congratulations on this amazing personal milestone, popularly known as the China Anniversary.
China symbolises the beautiful, elegant and fragile nature of love. It is a reminder not to take your marriage for granted, and to continue nurturing it so your love will flourish. Just as with china, love might be fragile at times, but it is also durable and long-lasting. A 20-year marriage has certainly withstood the test of time.
How to Celebrate Your 20th Wedding Anniversary
If you want to do something different, why not happily reminisce about your wedding day and life together while enjoying a delicious Chinese meal with friends and family.
Or perhaps this is the time to finally go ahead with long-time plans for a luxury trip to China.
10 Fun Facts about Chinese Porcelain
With Chinese porcelain almost exclusively produced in China, the material has become popularly known as “china” in English-speaking Western countries.
- The word “porcelain” is believed to have derived from “porcellana” (cowrie shell), coined by Marco Polo to describe the pottery he discovered in China. The three modern-day types of porcelain are hard-paste porcelain, soft-paste porcelain and bone china.
- Jingdezhen (“Jingde Town”) is considered the porcelain capital of China, receiving its name in 1004 when fine blueish-white porcelain was being produced for Emperor Jingde of the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
- Production of authentic Chinese porcelain dates to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), and it remained a significant national art until the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912).
- Large-scale trade being developed on the Silk Road routes enabled Chinese porcelain to be introduced to Western countries, and from the Song Dynasty it was exported in large quantities thanks to the increasingly prosperous maritime trade.
- Today, china is mass-produced, but in the ancient Chinese era small district enterprises were responsible for its production. An exclusive number of “royal kiln” workshops received official recognition from the government, and the imperial family had priority to buy the higher quality ceramics.
- Antique Chinese porcelain will normally have a mark on the bottom, noting the potter’s brand, and the dynasty and emperor’s reign. This helps experts spot fakes and imitations.
- Made from such ingredients as glass, bone, ash, quartz and alabaster, Chinese porcelain’s primary raw material is kaolin – a clay mineral whose name derived from Gaoling, a small village near Jingdezhen.
- After collecting the necessary raw materials, creating a piece of porcelain requires numerous processes, including crushing, cleaning and mixing the materials, forming the shape, bisque-firing (first-firing), glazing and final firing.
- Authentic Chinese porcelain made from kaolin, quartz and feldspar – and well-kept and in the right proportions – is extremely durable and can last for over 1,000 years.
- China pieces are valuable collector’s items, especially prized by porcelain enthusiasts and art lovers. The most expensive porcelain item in the world is an 18th century Qing Dynasty vase that sold for $84 million at a 2010 auction in London to a wealthy Chinese industrialist. Fortunately, non-antique examples – still featuring classic Chinese artistry – are available for those with more modest budgets.
She put out her hand and touched his forearm, as she would have touched some piece of porcelain or sculpture, just for the sheer animal pleasure of feeling its shape and curve beneath her fingertips.” Quoted by:
20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and the Couple
The 20th wedding anniversary gemstone is emerald, while the modern alternative is platinum. Combining these two sparkling materials would definitely make a treasured gift of jewellery for this memorable occasion.
For an even more romantic gesture, your jewellery gift could be concealed in a bunch of flowers – day lily and aster, for example, which are the traditional floral symbols for this 20th celebration.
20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him
What can I buy my husband for our 20th wedding anniversary?
Here are some traditional and modern gift suggestions for your partner’s 20th anniversary celebration – plus a few quirky fun ideas as well.
20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Her
What should I buy my wife on our 20th wedding anniversary?
Gift suggestions for her 20th anniversary celebration – plus a few other great ideas.
20th Wedding Anniversary Gifts for Him, Her… and Parents
Wedgwood China Tea Sets
Travel & Experience Gifts
- Location visit
- Travel and activity gift vouchers (from Red Letter Days)
- China Town in London for a meal, and show or theatre afterwards
- Sussex vineyard coach tour with lunch and wine tasting for two
- Luxury spa day for two
- Adventure sports days (for the active couple or family)
The traditional 20th wedding anniversary gemstone is emerald.
- Tie Pin
Something Different & Unique
- Visit China and marvel at its venerable history and culture.
- Buy a new set of quality china, and celebrate in style.
- Take in a Tower Bridge exhibition followed by dim sums and cocktails at Ping Pong.
- Arrange a Belmond British Pullman “Golden Age of Travel” trip for two from London.
- Host a celebration party at home or in a favourite local Chinese restaurant.
The 20th year of marriage marks one of the major milestone anniversaries. As you celebrate this epic 20th wedding anniversary, reflect on that commitment to a lifetime together which you both made two decades ago.
However you decide to celebrate 20 years together, have a wonderfully meaningful and pleasurable day – with plenty of cherished memories to take forward another decade.